Women and Military Service

We believe that God has created men to be the head and protector of the family (Gen. 2:18; Ephesians 5:25; 1 Timothy 5:8). It is also the duty of capable men to protect their neighbor, and in this calling, when necessary, to serve their country as soldiers (As witnessed in Num. 1, Joshua 1:14, Deut. 20, Deut 22, et al.). It is therefore the duty of men to serve as protectors of families (Eph. 5:25–28). This is a God-given role of man that the State is not allowed to change.

It is then the God-given role of married women to nurture and care for their families. (1 Cor. 11:3,8,9; 1 Tim. 2:13–15; 1 Pe. 3:7; Titus 2:3–5).

This does not mean that women may not protect either their families or their country when no capable man is willing or able to do it. Scripture reports that Jael the wife of Heber killed the commander of the enemies of Israel (Judges 4:21) and accordingly she was praised by the female judge, Deborah (Judges 5:24).

A woman therefore might be forced by circumstances and her conscience to take up arms to protect her fellow men when such service is needed by her neighbor.

While there are times when a woman is forced by her conscience to take up arms to protect her neighbor, the magistrate cannot force women to serve in these capacities when there are capable men. It is the duty of the magistrate to force the capable men to fulfill their duty before it forces any woman to do the job of the men of the country.

We therefore reject the opinion that the State may force women to enter combat positions in the military when there are still men that are more capable of serving in the military.

We also reject the practice of lowering standards for women entering the military voluntarily, since this practice makes it possible for women to join the military when there are willing and capable men.

We do not condemn those women who join the military seeing that their neighbor needs their protection when no man is either capable enough or willing to do the job. We believe that no woman should be forced to do this, and we warn women against seeing this as their primary duty. We also do not condemn those women who join the military to serve in such roles in keeping with their vocation as healers and caregivers. We especially warn women with husbands and children against joining the military, since they run the risk of forsaking their primary duty as wives and mothers.